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Spearheading D-Day

The invasion of Normandy is undoubtedly one of the most written about military events of the 20th century. However, many of the smaller units that played important roles have been forgotten or ignored. Many unconfirmed or erroneous myths about the American landings have been repeated in popular books. Noted military historian Jonathan Gawne examines the landings at Utah and Omaha with an eye to what other writers have ignored. Utilising the original military records and extensive veteran interviews, this book covers such diverse topics as how the invasion tactics were developed, the organisation of the units involved, as well as uniforms and equipment of the assault troops. For the first time, both Navy officers directly involved with the first waves at Utah Beach speak out on what actually caused the misdirection of the Utah landings. Heavily illustrated, the emphasis of Spearheading D-Day has been placed on little-known photos, including a selection of rarely seen colour stills taken from Coast Guard movies of the Normandy invasion.
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It's just a beautiful book from cover to cover. Crammed to the rafters with information, and with hundreds of superb period photographs, anybody with any interest at all in the Second World War will absolutely have to have one of these. At this price it's an absolute will not be dissapointed. Very highly recommended. * * If you thought there was enough written about the events surrounding 6 June 1944, then this book will change your mind. It focuses on the small units usually forgotten. * Military Modelcraft International * The text is informative and put together with such passion I am in no position to make any negative criticism. ... this book is an absolute essential. Must have. Go get. * War History Online *

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